Upcoming Events


Great Decisions foreign Policy discussion group Meets Wednesday, March 4

The Great Decisions program presents UCSB professor Alison Brysk, a Fulbright Scholar and noted expert on human rights, on Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. Drawing upon her extensive writings on these subjects and research in Latin America, India, and the Philippines, she will explore the connections between human trafficking and contemporary slavery and the wider problems of human rights abuse. For questions about the program, don’t hesitate to contact John Warnock at johnwwwarnock@gmail.com.

Special Drumming Corps Rehearsal Thursday, March 5

Special rehearsal for March 8’s music service, meet from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We work with professional percussionists to learn drumming that will prepare us to work with the choirs during worship services. Bring your own drum if you have one, or you can use one of ours. Please contact Ken Ryals with any questions, ken@ussb.org; (805) 965-4583 x226.

Alliance Meets Friday, March 6

2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Margaret Lazarus will be the speaker at the Alliance meeting on March 6. Lazarus’s film, Affinity, was shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this year. Affinity is a short experimental film exploring women-to-women connection as antidote to the toxic in male culture. Created in collaboration with art museum curator and dancer Starr Siegele, the film explores possibility and hope through women’s common bonds and their affinity with one another. It is an affirmation of life in response to war, environmental devastation, and violence.

Meet people, hear from an excellent speaker to learn what’s happening in our community, engage in a Q and A, and enjoy refreshments and social time. The Alliance is an independently incorporated altruistic and educational organization. In addition to offering a monthly program, the Alliance makes enriching donations to USSB and to the broader community. Meetings are open to all and you are warmly invited to come and bring a friend.

20’s and 30’s Group Monthly Hangout Friday, March 6

If you’re 20-40 years old, please join our young adult group at our monthly First Friday hangout this coming Friday, March 6.  This month we’ll meet at Harry’s Plaza Café for dinner and deep conversation from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.!  During that time, we’ll also continue planning our Alternative Worship Service by young adults, for young adults, an event scheduled for April 18. For that service, we’ll start with a two-hour beach cleanup at 5:00 p.m., followed by some light yoga and ecstatic dance to celebrate the reciprocal relationship our bodies have with nature. If you’re 20-40, I hope you’ll consider joining us on both Friday and April 18!

Healing Presence Workshop Saturday, March 7

What can we do for others suffering loss? How can we be deeply present for those who are grieving or going through a hard time? Learn more about what the USSB Care Team does by signing up for the Pastoral Presence workshop in Parish Hall on March 7. Potluck lunch at 1:00 p.m., followed by a workshop facilitated by members of Adult Religious Education leadership and the Care Team from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. RSVP on Realm. Please consider bringing a dish to share with others. We hope you’ll sign up!

Daylight Saving Time Begins March 8

Vegan Potluck Sunday, March 8

Join us at 5:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge. Our USSB vegan potlucks are a safe space in which to explore the pleasures of a completely plant-based meal. People with all eating styles are warmly welcomed. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Click here to visit the Vegan Potluck web page, or email Cathy Albanese for more information and to RSVP.

Solidarity and Compassion Wednesday, March 11

From 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. These days we are hearing a rising swell of alarm about the spread of the Coronavirus. In the midst of this storm, we have a great need to inform ourselves, to make ourselves as safe as possible, and to protect ourselves and our families. Looking from the point of view of terror management theory, we understand that fear can disconnect us from others. Especially a pandemic fear can make us circle our wagons, contract and become less open to others in our world. While this unpredictable, mysterious virus is a real danger, it could perhaps be also seen as a metaphor for so much that is alarming and uncertain and potentially dangerous on a very primal level. It all feels quite volatile and scary. What helps us to protect ourselves in a time like this? And in the midst of all this, how can we keep our hearts open? Please join us! We offer a monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times and to spend time in meditation and reflection. Hear members of the leading faith traditions, thinkers, musicians, visionaries, and activists share how their individual traditions and practices help us during this challenging time in our country and our world. Join us every second Wednesday of the month. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.

Program Fair POSTPONED

Our annual Program Fair is being delayed until fall. Talk to Maureen about how to be included. This is a chance for every group and activity at USSB to have a chance to shine (and recruit more members). There will also be a Program Guide for everyone, and a bake sale, too! See you in September.

Quantum Consciousness Affinity Group Meets Monday, March 16

Beginners QFT&C meets the third Monday of the month and gathers at 7:00 p.m. for starting promptly at 7:15 in Blake Lounge. The laws of physics imply we are all one. Celebrate our third anniversary with popcorn and your own beverage. After an extended intro for newbies summarizing the basic laws of QFT, “The Awakening” by Athene will be shown.

Advance Care Directive Workshop Wednesday, March 18

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well continues with its monthly Advance Care Directive workshops. It’s all happening the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. These free workshops provide trained facilitators and all the materials you need to get the job done. Click here for more information and to register or call the Alliance for Living and Dying Well at (805) 845-5314.


The Great Decisions foreign policy discussion group meeting on March 18 is postponed due to coronavirus risks. April and May meetings will also be re-scheduled when we have clarity on the coronavirus situation. If you have any questions, please direct them to johnwwarnock@gmail.com.

USSB Drumming Corps Thursday, March 19 postponed

The USSB drumming group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We’ll work with professional percussionists to learn drumming that will prepare us to work with the choirs during worship services. Bring your own drum if you have one, or you can use one of ours. Bring the family and drum up some real family fun! Please contact Ken Ryals with any questions, ken@ussb.org.

New Member Orientation Sunday, March 22 postponed

Sunday, March 22 in classroom A at 10:30 a.m. This monthly class is the first in the New Member Journey, a series of classes designed to help prepare people to become members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. We will chat, discuss our background and learn a little about USSB community and life. Join us in Classroom A in the lower courtyard at 10:30 a.m.

USSB Board of Trustees Meets Tuesday, March 24 via zoom

All USSB members are invited to attend our monthly Board of Trustees meeting. It begins at 6:00 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. Visit www.ussb.org/board-of-trustees. If you’d like to observe via Zoom, please email erin@ussb.org for directions.


Alliance meets Friday, April 3 postponed

2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall — “Being in the Presence of Dementia”
With the growing incidence of dementia, we all know of friends and/or relatives who have received a diagnosis or are struggling with caring for someone with cognitive decline. Marisa Pasquini, a member of our USSB congregation, will speak on this subject. She is the author of Surviving Dementia without Losing Your Mind: The Essential Guide for Families and Caregivers. Her approach is to teach skills on how we can accept our loved ones’ “new reality” of cognitive impairment. This program will be in a conversation format with time for Q & A. Eileen Bunning will serve as facilitator. Eileen is a registered nurse with a degree in health care administration and a masters in psychology. She served as CEO for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. Her extensive experience concerning health care for an aging population and in leadership positions with USSB are invaluable. Marisa is a dementia caregiver coach and has served the elderly with disabilities, dementia, and Alzheimer’s for over 20 years. She will explain “The New Reality Rules” for caregivers. Gail Stichler will assist this presentation.

Meet people, hear from an excellent speaker to learn what’s happening in our community, engage in a Q and A, and enjoy refreshments and social time. The Alliance is an independently incorporated altruistic and educational organization. In addition to offering a monthly program, the Alliance makes enriching donations to USSB and to the broader community. Meetings are open to all and you are warmly invited to come and bring a friend.

Courage to Search Saturday, April 4 postponed

The ARE Team (Nancy Edmundson, Paul Freeman, and Ann Taves) invite you to participate in Courage to Search, a workshop-based approach to personal exploration, sharing, and reflection designed to help participants better understand who they are, where they came from, and how they might evolve as individuals. The program will include:

  • Saturday, April 4, 9:00 AM-noon in Jefferson Hall (Introductory Workshop)
  • Sunday, April 5, 12:30-2:00 PM in Jefferson Hall
  • Wednesday, April 8, 6:00-7:30 PM in Jefferson Hall
  • Wednesday, April 15, 6:00-7:30 PM in Jefferson Hall

Pick up a brochure for more details or go to www.ussb.org/lifelong-learning/programs-for-adults. We will have a limited number of places for participants who are able to commit to attending all four April meetings. If you have already attended an introductory workshop, the April introductory section is optional. If you are interested, please let Kathleen (kathleen@ussb.org) know by Monday, March 30, or sign up on Realm.

Attention All Men – speaker via zoom

The Women’s Empowerment Speaker series is actively encouraging men to attend our next event “Sexual Assault as a Social Issue” on Sunday April 5 from 3:00 to 5:00 via Zoom. Our speaker will be Elsa Granados, longtime Executive Director of Stand Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA, formerly the Rape Crisis Center). To learn more about how sexual assault is actually a men’s issue, check out this TED talk by Jackson Katz, author of the Macho Paradox and leading activist in the field. Email Rachel Aarons for more information.

Vegan Potluck Sunday 4/12 postponed

In view of all that is happening with the coronavirus concern, we are cancelling the vegan potluck for April. If you have questions please email Cathy Albanese at albanese@religion.ucsb.edu.

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